Smithsburg Town Council briefs

September 06, 2002

Council accepts agreement for storage tank project

The Smithsburg Town Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to accept an engineering firm's service agreement for preparing funding applications, design, bidding and construction services for a new ground-level water storage tank.

The town will pay Hagerstown-based ARRO Group Inc. engineers and consultants up to $28,900 for the project.

The town can terminate its agreement with ARRO if grant money isn't available to help cover the estimated $175,000 cost for a new storage tank and pad, Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said Tuesday.

The tank, which will be placed next to existing tanks on town-owned land along Wolfsville Road, is needed to meet the water storage demands for the growing town, Myers said.

Normal storage capacity is a day-and-a-half supply, but Smithsburg's current storage tanks hold less than one day's worth of water, Smithsburg Public Works Director Bill Loughridge has said.


Directory project to be fund-raiser for fitness trail

The Smithsburg Town Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to accept a town Economic Development Commission-Parks Commission project as a fund-raiser for a proposed fitness trail in the new Veterans Park.

Local artist Sarah K. Brown, a member of the Parks Commission, designed a quick reference map directory of the Smithsburg area as an advertising tool for local businesses. The directory lists important town and county contact information and the names, addresses and phone numbers of the nearly 100 businesses in the Smithsburg area.

Each business is referenced by number on a map of the area.

Interested businesses will pay a listing fee of $30 - an amount decided upon after brief discussion at the council meeting.

The Parks Commission is in the process of applying for a state grant that will match proceeds from listing sales, Brown said.

The map directory eventually will be mailed to every Smithsburg-area resident through the town's monthly newsletter, she said.

"It's a very good way to advertise our town's businesses and help people find the town's parks," Brown said.

She said she hopes to begin mailing fund-raiser requests to area businesses by early October.

Governor congratulates townon $104,000 grant

Gov. Parris N. Glendening sent a congratulatory letter to Smithsburg for winning a state grant to improve Veterans Park, Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said Tuesday.

Smithsburg in August received a $104,000 Community Parks & Playgrounds Program grant to grade and seed a multi-purpose field at the park, purchase and install playground equipment and refurbish two of the park's 29 acres.

"Revitalizing parks and playgrounds is a key component of the Smart Growth initiative ," Myers read from Glendening's letter.

Search for 3rd officeris pared to 3 candidates

The search for a third Smithsburg police officer has been narrowed to three final candidates - two men and one woman, all county residents - from an original field of 11 applicants, Smithsburg Police Chief Mike Potter said Tuesday.

Background checks are being conducted for the three applicants, and polygraph tests are scheduled for next week, Potter said.

He will then interview the applicants and make a selection in plenty of time for the new officer to begin a 24-week training course in January, Potter said. A $75,000 grant will help fund the position for three years, he said.

Chief warns underage smokers of crackdown

Smithsburg Police Chief Mike Potter said Tuesday that police will begin to crack down on underage cigarette smoking in town.

"There will be some enforcement action taken on a random basis," Potter said. "You never know when we're going to be there, but we're going to be there." there."

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